This builder-basic master suite was trapped in the '90s until a breezy makeover helped it erase the beige and embrace the bright side.
This Decatur, Georgia home's master suite had a few functional hiccups to remedy: the hall to the bathroom was a jumble of swing-out doors that clogged traffic flow, and a rarely used tub gobbled up space. With help from a designer, the beige box of a bedroom needed only cosmetic changes to become the restful retreat the homeowner always wanted.
Beige carpet and beige bedding brought this room no life. An accent chair with great potential got lost in the drab decor.
A wall of horizontal pine planks lends some much-needed architectural character to this once-bland bedroom and directs eyes toward its tall ceiling. White brightens walls and shifts attention to blue accessories. These layers of blue range from indigo to aqua to a barely there smoky gray. A tufted navy headboard serves as an anchor for lighter blue hues.
A heather-gray quilt, aqua chenille throw, and pillows with embroidered motifs provide subtle color shifts and layers of texture that energize the bed without overwhelming it. A new gray desk and plush chair update the look of this makeup vanity. Trading artwork for a mirror and adding a pair of skinny lamps make the spot work harder.
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A heavy light fixture and mirrored panel outdated the space and made the room feel smaller. The tub and vanity butted up against each other, making everything feel tight.
The new vanity looks custom, but it's not. The homeowner found it in the perfect sky blue at Home Decorators then dressed it up with polished-nickel faucets and hardware. Smaller, individual sconces bring less heft to the wall, and the mirrors look clean and modern.
Removing the space-hogging tub meant they could enlarge the shower and spread everything else out along the newly-found wall space. Replacing floor tiles with linoleum brightens the space and gives a more natural feel.
Removing the tub turned the oversize window into a focal point. A glass shower enclosure reveals a wall of shiny subway tile enhanced by limestone and marble tiles in a chevron mosaic on the floor and niche. Fabric shades offer privacy without blocking sunlight.
New linoleum flooring in the hall looks like wood for a fraction of the cost and is easier to maintain. The homeowner solved the traffic jam by installing a pocket door in the bathroom and sliding barn doors on the closets. A geometric light fixture brings attention to the lofted ceiling.